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Burglar causes $1,800 damage but takes nothing from shops

Burglar causes $1,800 damage but takes nothing from shops

A man broke into two near west Madison businesses early Sunday causing property damage, police said.

Madison police said a burglar used a flower pot to break windows of an ice cream shop and a gift-and-game store at 12:30 a.m.

Surveillance video showed the burglar enter the Chocolate Shoppe, then enter the business next door, Whoops & Co., according to the report.

Police said it didn't appear the burglar stole anything from the stores, but property damage from the broken windows was estimated at $1,800.

Cops: Kids in car with man passed out at wheel in traffic

Cops: Kids in car with man passed out at wheel in traffic

Police said a man thought he was in Beloit when police found him slumped over the wheel of his running car with young passengers aboard Saturday morning in Madison.

Police said 39-year-old Luis F. Garduno was stopped in a traffic lane at 11:37 a.m. on the 2900 block of East Washington Avenue when police spotted him. Officers said Garduno was surprised to learn he wasn't in Rock County but was in Madison.

Police said Garduno admitted that he had smoked synthetic marijuana.

There were also three children under the age of 10 in the vehicle, according to the report. The kids were turned over to a family member.

Garduno was arrested on suspicion of operating while under the influence, possession of synthetic cannabinoid and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Man charged with 7th OWI tested 3 times over limit, police say

Man charged with 7th OWI tested 3 times over limit, police say

A Madison man was charged with a seventh drunken driving charge Sunday after a north Madison crash, police said. 

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said 37-year-old Edwin D. Howard was north on Packers Avenue at 1:51 p.m. when he struck a car headed south on Packers.

A witness told police Howard was driving all over the road before attempting to turn onto Tennyson Lane.

"The suspect evidently did not see the victim's car ... and he drove right into it," DeSpain said.

Howard was arrested on suspicion of seventh-offense operating while intoxicated. Police said during the booking process, Howard registered a 0.248 while taking a portable alcohol breath test. The legal breath alcohol concentration limit for drivers in Wisconsin is 0.08 in the state, according to the state Department of Transportation. Drivers who have been convicted of drunken driving offenses sometimes have a BAC limit less than 0.08.

Burglars strike home of man hospitalized on Christmas Eve

Burglars strike home of man hospitalized on Christmas Eve

Burglars took several hundred dollars' worth of wrapped Christmas gifts from the home of a man who was hospitalized with heart issues on Christmas Eve.

Madison police said the man was discharged on Christmas Day and returned home to find the gifts he had planned on giving to his grandchildren were stolen.

Police said officers took it upon themselves to collect personal donations to raise enough money to purchase a full list of replacement toys for the man's grandchildren.

Teen: Man tried to lure him to his car

Teen: Man tried to lure him to his car

A Madison teen said a suspicious man tried to encourage him to get into his car while he was walking his dog Thursday afternoon.

The teen said he was in the 4600 block of Kennedy Road when the man pulled his car up next to him and beckoned to him. He also mouthed the words "come here."

Police said the teen ran home and his family called police.

The man is described as Hispanic, 30-35 years old with a heavier build, facial stubble and black hair coming from the edge of his gray baseball cap. He was smoking and wearing a white shirt and possibly a jean jacket. His car was blue with a loud muffler. It was missing a headlight and one hubcap didn't match the others.

MPD: Drunk driver admits to officer he shouldn't be driving

MPD: Drunk driver admits to officer he shouldn't be driving

A De Pere man who admitted to an officer that he should not be driving was arrested for his eighth drunken-driving offense Tuesday, Madison police said.

A citizen reported that an intoxicated driver was trying to leave a parking lot in the 1800 block of Aberg Avenue around 1:40 p.m.

An officer was able to stop the driver a short distance away, according to the release. When the officer made contact with the driver, David M. Farrington, 48, he could smell a strong odor of alcohol.

The officer asked Farrington if he thought he should be driving, and he said "No," police said.

Field sobriety tests were conducted, and Farrington was arrested on a tentative charge of eight-offense operating while intoxicated.

Officials said he had a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent.

Robbers order 2 to basement, 3rd escapes home to call police

Robbers order 2 to basement, 3rd escapes home to call police

Two robbers were able to get away with cash and electronics after ordering two roommates into their basement during a robbery early Sunday morning, according to a news release.

Three men were sleeping in the home in the 1400 block of Huxley Street around 3:40 a.m. when two men entered the home and ordered two of the roommates to the basement, police said.

A third roommate got out of the house, and was able to call police from a neighbor?s house a little while later, according to the release.

The robbers left in an unknown direction before police got to the house.

The only description of the men that is available is that they were wearing masks and may have been armed with a revolver.